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User gets connected to two separate League of Legends games at once

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Reddit user /u/popingheads has posted a video to the League of Legends subreddit showing his champion getting placed in to two separate matches at the same time. Its as odd as you might think. Both of the matches seem to feature the same 10 players. While Popingheads team plays in one game, the other team seems to be playing in the other. So which on is the right one? Only Riot knows, and I doubt they will be telling anyone any time soon.

The user also provided this end of game screenshot as additional proof that there were two games, and provides this anecdote about how the games ended

” after the enemy rushed down our Nexus both matches closed for me. One of my other friends was still stuck finishing the other match which was a 2v1 however.” What an intresting and potentially game breaking bug. Have you ever seen anything similar to this when playing league? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter

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Riot Games acquires Radiant Entertainment

Posted on March 9, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Riot games (maker of League of Legends) is not a company you often see in the news. They tend to spend most of their time on League, because its one of the most popular games in the world. So I was surprised to see the news that they had acquired Radiant Entertainment. In a statement Radiant said “We are delighted to announce that Radiant Entertainment has been acquired by Riot Games. At Riot, our developers will continue their mission of building incredible games that speak to us personally as players. You’re probably wondering what this means for our games.”

As for those games, it seems that development of Stonehearth, a Minecraft like block building survival game, will continue, however Rising Thunder is not so lucky. “As for Rising Thunder, the team will start work on a new game that we’re incredibly excited about. We wish we could say more now, but rest assured you’ll hear more when the time is right. For now, we will be permanently closing Rising Thunder on March 18th. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Alpha! ” I was not privileged as to get in to the Betas for Rising Thunder, but I did hear just a little bit about it through the main games media, and I can say im not too surprised Riot put a lid on it for good.

Rising Thunder no more

Rising Thunder has been canned

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League of Legends releases smartphone app

Posted on February 25, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

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Riot Studios has the worlds most popular and most played game League of  Legends to manage, so its too surprising that it took them until 2016 to get a mobile app out. The new app called League Friends does a myriad of usefull things. You can use it to chat with your friends who are playing league, you can have it push you notifications for when you are invited to play a game of league, and well thats it. But, its a young app, so give it some time to grow

Riot promises that they will expand the functionality of the app sometime “soon” to include stats and other useful features. The app is now available in North America and Oceania, with other regions to follow shortly after. You’ll need either iOS 8.3 or Android 4.1.1 (or newer iterations of these) to run it.


League of Legends kills off Dominion game type

Posted on February 11, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

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Riot has announced today in a blog post that its capture based game made for League of Legends will be shutting down. Since its inception Dominion has been an unpopular game mode, and it never pulled in the numbers that Riot had hoped. It will be retired on Feburary 22nd, after which it will not longer be available in custom games either. According to Riot Fewer than 0.5% of League of Legends players regularly take part in Dominion, so  it’s no real surprise that the mode is meeting its end.

The low number of players causes high queue times, and fouls up Riots matchmaking algorithm. Riot has concluded that secondary game modes work better in rotation, so Dominion may not be dead forever, but since its player numbers are so low I doubt we will see it back anytime soon.


The blog post explains “We haven’t been supporting Dominion, and we’ve trapped ourselves in a vicious cycle where the queue isn’t large enough to warrant major attention, but falls prey to bugs and periods of imbalance from the introduction of new champs and items.” So there you go, with the major in game updates to marksmen, the champion rebuilds, and the way that Riot continues to refresh their game every few months, its simply too much dev time to work on making sure that a champion is balanced for Dominion as well as Summoners Rift. The news is not all bad for Dominion players, as Riot have also announced that as a token gesture, anyone who has 100 ranked wins in Dominion before it’s shut down for good will receive a Summoner Icon never to be attainable again. So that’s quite nice, for those who spent days or weeks of their life in dominion.


Tencent Purchases Remaining Stake In League of Legends Developer Riot Games

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

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TenCent the Chinese technological behemoth that operates the popular Chinese FPS Cross Fire and holds a minority stake in Epic Games among other entertainment ventures has purchased the remaining equity in League of Legends developer Riot Games.

This change in ownership was announced via Riot Game’s official website. They say that this allow them to offer more competitive wages and benefits to the employees while continuing their upward growth.

Here’s the full statement as it appears on Riot’s website:

“As a result of our continued growth and changing circumstances, we’re shifting to a new structure to recognize and reward Rioters’ contributions – and that first involves a big change to our existing equity program. As part of this effort, our majority investor, Tencent, recently purchased the remaining equity of Riot Games. This allows us to move away from a Riot equity program towards a cash based incentive program that allows Rioters to share in Riot’s success. This program comes in addition to our highly competitive salaries, open PTO, learning and development programs, 401K match, subsidized medical plans, and kitchens stocked with snax (poro and otherwise) all full-time Rioters get.”

TenCent originally invested a reported $400 million USD in Riot Games in return for a majority share in 2011. After this acquisition it was reported that League has earned Riot more than $960+ million dollars per year according to their 2014 financials.

Considering that this is a business transaction I don’t think that existing League players should be too concerned about their favorite heroes disappearing into the aether.


The Marksmen Have Arrived! lets take a look at Graves! With Hoodie Joy

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Broken Joysticks

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League of Legends preseason for season 6 has hit, and it’s a doozy. We’ve got some heavy hitting changes, and one of the heaviest hitters is Graves. Graves has always had trouble finding his niche to fit, but now it’s even harder. Because he can go everywhere. 

Graves is overpowered. You can argue people just haven’t learned him  yet, but this is pretty empty considering he can burst people down faster than he can fire three shots. Top Laner, ADC bot lane, Jungle, you could probably even Mid Lane him, no position is safe from his long arm of the law. This man has had a few changes to make him work everywhere, and I’m gonna make a quick review of how to fight against, or as, this Cigar lacking powerhouse.

Graves is all about the burst, and that extends to even his auto attacks. He finally has a real shotgun now, and each shot is a spread of multiple bullets. The more bullets hit, the more damage dealt. When Graves gets a critical strike, he fires more bullets in the same spread area, for more damage. Graves uses an Ammo system, which can be seen by all players in the game. He has unlimited ammo, like everyone else, but only two shots can be used at a time, before a notable “reload” delay. Graves has to reload then, significantly reducing his fire rate. He automatically reloads when inactive, walking around, whenever he gets the chance. So you only need to worry about ammo when combat rolls around. Your auto attacks should be planned well, and interspersed with his powerful abilities. Before we continue, he has one more very important passive, although it is rather easy to ignore at first. Graves gains bonus armor and magic resist while in combat, including last hitting minions, jungle camp fighting, everything.

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LoL Preseason Breakdown, Everything you need to know

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Broken Joysticks

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League of Legends preseason is coming up, and that means everything is about to change. We have a lot of official information from their site and unofficial information from the PBE.

Most champions with Mana as a resource are getting new mana pool sizes and scaling to adjust for mana pots being removed, and several less viable champions are getting reworks. This article will be focusing on the item changes.

The first thing to note is an item overhaul for what they’ve dubbed “marksman items.”

This is a misleading name as these same items are also used for many auto-attacking/AD scaling champs.

The reason it’s about “marksmen” is this is Riot’s personal name for what most people call the AD Carry. These item changes will affect every single physical damage based champ in an overall, probably positive way.

Riot has realize that ADCs have one or two correct item builds per Champ, and most of the champs all share the same item build. Infinity Edge is almost always first item, because almost all ADCs build Critical %. This is not changing,  IE is still the prime crit item, but they’ve buffed MANY other items to make them viable starting choices

Some recipes have been changed, some items have been removed, but I’ll start by focusing on the item changes for top tier, complete items, the ones you’ll be getting end game.

Masteries have been overhauled, there is a free example mastery editor out here: http://efferentinc.com/wp-content/lol6calc/index.html#

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League of legends team Impulse is for sale

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

E-sports is big money, there can be no denying that at this point. So its no surprise that just like other pro sports team, League teams can be bought and sold. What is a surprise is one that is in the LCS (basically the major leagues of LoL) for sale at the time of the world championship.  The team in question is Impulse, whom are already qualified for the 2016 LCS, meaning the sale comes with their spot as well as players, and other assets.

Team Impulse COO Alex Gu said in an interview with  GameSpot that thoughts of a sale first came up in September, but the decision wasn’t made until last week. Impuse did not have a good season this year in the LCS with plagued with player difficulties they failed to qualify for the World Championships finishing fourth at the LCS Summer Playoffs and falling to Cloud9 in theRegional Qualifier. Though no asking price was cited, the teams sale must be concluded quickly so they can be prepared for the 2016 season.

“We want to shift the ownership from the team to a local investor ideally,” a Team Impulse rep said in an email sent to Kotaku confirming the sale. “We are currently performing due diligence and having some conversations. We hope to announce a successful strategic transaction soon.”

Hopefully this does not become a trend, as personally I have no desire to see League teams changing hands over one bad season.




Was There A League of Legends Card Game In The Works?

Posted on October 13, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

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Over the weekend a twitter account belonging to Riot Game’ president and co-founder Mark Merrill appears to have been compromised. A hacker using the handle ‘Jason’ took control of Mr.Merrill’s account on Saturday and posted several images and details for a cancelled &unannounced League of Legends trading card game called ‘League of Legends Supremacy’.

Supposedly the game had been completed by the folks over at Riot Games but for unknown reasons they decided to scrap the project before announcing it. Jason had threatened to release a 200MB zip file containing several images from the project but stopped short of doing so. Instead he provided twitter users with copies of the in-game text from the project, several templates and a single image of a supposed login screen.

It is unknown if Jason actually possessed a working version of League of Legends: Supremacy or if he was simply in possession of leaked screenshots. After the Merrill regained control of his account he tweeted that Riot Games works on ‘a variety of ideas… that may never see the light of day.”

Source: Kotaku


League of Legends On Watch After Heroes of Newerth Hack

Posted on December 19, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Fans of the MOBA genre and the creators of their favorite games are on watch after Heroes of Newerth was hacked this afternoon. Originally appearing on Reddit, a user by the name of Ryan_HTP posted about the hack with a twitter link as supposed truth. Apparently he made off with the usernames and passwords for the games accounts.

According to Ryan he’s also planning to attack competing game, League of Legends, a later time just to enrage its fan base. Surely this will put Riot Games on watch for potential security breaches but can one person bring down an entire development studio? As Kotaku postulate’s a remote possibility.

As he wrote on Reddit:

“I hacked HoN because there’s nothing as hilarious as seeing a bunch of fanboys of a game get enraged over the fact that their favourite game has been hacked”

Do you enjoy the MOBA Genre? Will you be changing your passwords in light of these recent events?

Source: Reddit via Kotaku


League of Legends EU Accounts Compromised

Posted on June 10, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

We are no strangers to Riot Game’s PC MOBA title League of Legends here at Broken Joysticks. It’s disheartening to hear that the games West and Nordic European servers have been compromised and encrypted passwords & email addresses have been placed in the hands of those who would use them for harm.

The company says that no billing related information has been obtained by the hackers but if they were to un-encrypt the passwords used for the small number of LOL accounts compromised, that would be bad.

If you live in Europe and have an active LOL account it wouldn’t be a bad idea to simply login and change your password. You also might want to make sure that the same password is not used for any other online service.


Make Money From League of Legends, Officially

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Andrew Minott

Today Riot Games released a brief guide (in plain English, not legalese) officially informing the League of Legends community that they fully allow not only the production and uploading of League of Legends content on video sites such as YouTube and Twitch.tv, but also the collection of advertising revenue associated with such content by the producers. This was done to remove any ambiguity regarding the legal problems that could potentially arise from someone broadcasting (and making money from) intellectual property that is owned by someone else.

In the past few months, the number of popular professional players who occasionally stream their games live online has increased dramatically, even receiving front page news coverage on Riot’s LoL site. And the public launch of a full Spectator Mode last month has also increased the amount of amateur commentary tracks to be found on YouTube. Today’s official announcement puts to rest any concerns that such content producers could possibly be committing any kind of copyright infringement, especially in light of controversies surrounding the embattled Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the United States, and similar legislation currently under discussion in other countries.


LOL: Invitational For The Pros, Bonus For The Players

Posted on May 31, 2012 by Andrew Minott

Riot Games has announced that on Friday, June 1st, they will be hosting the first ever Riot World Invitational in Las Vegas, broadcast live on their website beginning at 12pm Pacific time. The Invitational will feature a set of matches pitting five top-ranked League of Legends players from around the world against five of the best Riot staff members.

Additionally, for all League of Legends players, Riot will be giving a 100% bonus on all Influence Points earned in-game from Friday evening at 7pm Pacific until 7am on Monday, June 4. This bonus is in celebration of their Facebook page receiving over 3 million ‘likes.’ (Currently, they have over 3.4 million.)Read More


Jax Brings In Nearly Half A Million Dollars

Posted on May 19, 2012 by Andrew Minott

To update you on a previous story, Riot Games has announced that at the completion of their fundraiser on Friday, over $480,000 came in due to the participation of over 140,000 contributors, “100 percent of which will go to Make-A-Wish America and Make-A-Wish International in Joe’s name.”

This fundraising plan by Riot mirrors one they ran a year ago to benefit the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan, where over 50,000 League of Legends players helped raise over $160,000 for the Red Cross.


Riot Games Raising Cash for Kids

Posted on May 4, 2012 by Andrew Minott

From now until May 18th, League of Legends makers Riot Games is donating the entirety of the purchase price of the champion Jax and his Jaximus skin to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as marking both of those items at a 50% discount. Riot said they were inspired to make this move after partnering with the Foundation to provide a trip and tour of their offices for Joe, a young man with a rare bone cancer. ” We were excited to meet him, and were blown away by his courage and positive attitude,” said Riot’s Brandon Beck.

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